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Movie Artisans Take a Bow at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

2 July 2017 11:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Sunday Variety, in partnership with the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Barrandov Studio and Czech Anglo Prods., paid tribute to the craft experts whose contribution to movie-making is sometimes over-looked. At a panel discussion at the festival, titled Artisans in Focus, four leading below-the-line film professionals spoke candidly about their work. It was the first time the event had taken place at the festival.

Costume designer Annell Brodeur has worked with director David Lowery on a number of projects, most recently “Old Man and the Gun,” starring Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, and believes there is an advantage to reteaming with the same director. “It just gets easier,” she said. “There is a short-hand, and you are able to cut through feeling nervous about asking questions or coming up with ideas. It’s a much more comfortable place to make bold choices.”

Cinematographer Wojciech Staron, who won a Berlin Silver Bear for Paula Markovitch’s “The Prize »

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Karlovy Vary Festival Launches Crafts Track for Global Professionals

23 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Now in its 71st year, the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival continues to cast a wider net. The latest edition will debut another track — Artisans in Focus — targeting the crafts of filmmaking.

Hosted by Variety, Artisans in Focus will launch with a panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. July 2, moderated by Peter Caranicas, Variety’s managing editor, features. At the session, four renowned department heads whose work has had a major impact on the art of filmmaking will discuss their collaborations with producers, directors, actors – and with each other.

“While legendary film stars and great auteurs of global cinema are regularly celebrated, less heralded are the geniuses behind the camera,” says Variety VP and executive editor Steven Gaydos. “In a historic new event at this year’s Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, Artisans in Focus will spotlight the brilliant individuals who create the images and sounds that form the magic of movies.”

The session will also survey the future of filmmaking as the digital revolution, including Vr, transforms the industry.

The Participants Are:

Annell Brodeur, a costume designer, known for her work on “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (2013), “Pete’s Dragon” (2016) and “6 Years” (2015). She’s now working on David Lowery’s “Old Man and the Gun,” starring Elisabeth Moss and Casey Affleck.

Ondrej Nekvasil, a Czech production designer who worked on “The Illusionist” (2006), “Snowpiercer” (2013) and “Underworld: Blood Wars” (2016); he has also designed for several TV series, including “Knightfall.”

Monika Willi, a film editor from Austria, best known for her collaborations with director Michael Haneke; she cut “Amour” (2012), “The White Ribbon” (2009) and “The Piano Teacher” (2001). Her next work is Wolfgang Fischer’s “Styx.”

Wojciech Staron, a Polish cinematographer who lensed “Saviour Square” (2006), “Mur” (2015), “Ausma” (2015), “Refugiado” (2014) and “The Prize” (2011); his next film is Diego Lerman’s “Una especie de familia.”

Artisans in Focus is produced in partnership with Barrandov Studio and Czech Anglo Prods.

Based in Prague, Barrandov Studio is the largest film and TV studio in the Czech Republic and one of the largest in Europe. Czech Anglo Productions, also in Prague, is a full service film production and co-production company.

Pictured above: “Pete’s Dragon,” on which costume designer Annelle Brodeur worked as a costume assistant.

Related storiesKarlovy Vary Film Festival Honors Talent Working in Front of and Behind the CameraFuture Frames Showcase at Karlovy Vary Casts the Spotlight on Promising Creative TalentKarlovy Vary International Film Festival Celebrates Critics Choice Movies »

- Variety Staff

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Jessica Biel Anthology Thriller Gets Ordered to Series

18 January 2017 1:02 PM, PST | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Jessica Biel in “Bleeding Heart

Jessica Biel is returning to the small screen. She’s set to topline “The Sinner,” an anthology series that USA Network just ordered to series, the La Times reports. The thriller marks Biel’s first gig as a series regular since she played Mary Camden on the WB/CW’s ensemble family drama “7th Heaven.” Since then, she’s made a career on the big screen and turned up for guest spots on “BoJack Horseman,” “Family Guy,” and most notably, “New Girl.”

“Based on Petra Hammesfahr’s bestselling book of the same name, the first installment of the close-ended crime thriller follows a young mother, played by Biel, who is overcome with a fit of rage and commits an act of violence that she can’t explain,” the source details. Bill Pullman (“The Equalizer”) costars, playing an investigator trying to determine the motive for the crime.

In a statement announcing the series, USA Network President Chris McCumber revealed that the show’s “unique perspective intrigued [the network] from the very beginning.”

The pilot was penned by Derek Simonds (“When We Rise”) and directed by Antonio Campos (“Christine”).

In addition to starring in “The Sinner,” Biel will serve as one of its executive producers, as will her Ocean Films banner partner Michelle Purple.

Biel’s film credits include “A Kind of Murder,” “Hitchcock,” “Total Recall,” “Valentine’s Day,” and “The Illusionist.”

“There are always going to be the roles where you play the arm candy or girlfriend or wife; sometimes those are actually great parts, too, but I think it’s important to fight for the roles that really mean something to you, that say something,” Biel has said. “To tell stories that inspire you. You have to find those parts that are fewer and far between.” It sounds like “The Sinner” is going to offer Biel a solid, meaty — and meaningful — role.

Jessica Biel Anthology Thriller Gets Ordered to Series was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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